Damaged concrete can be repaired.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are reminding all those with issues with their decorative concrete that toady it is not always necessary  to remove and replace  your damaged concrete. I recently attended The World  of Concrete in Vegas  and there are materials today to repair most issues with concrete.
We have gotten so good at it that we are in demand on the West coast of Florida.
Even if you are tired of the color of your decorative concrete we can change it and even multi-color it.
Click on the link below and or contact me at 732-915-6391

Ted Mechnick

http://split-rok.com

 

 

Resealing Stamped Concrete mistakes made that can be costly

Its that time of year when you walk in your yard or look at your stamped concrete driveway and see it needs to be resealed. You go to Google and type in resealing stamped concrete and a list of contractors comes up or you get some company selling you on the idea that its a do it yourself project.

At one time it was until multiple types of sealers showed up. Pure acrylic, stironated acrylic and water based sealers like that sold by Home Depot. None are cross compatible and putting one over the other can cause a costly problem that is not easily rectified other then removal of all sealer and reapplying the correct VOC approved sealer.

The other caveat is hiring someone who has little or no experience with the proper application of sealers. Once paid and problems occur they are either unavailable or have no clue how to correct the problem.

Split-Rok Construction Company has been installing stamped concrete for over thirty years and can correct about any negative issue that occurs. We have been called numerous times to correct stamped concrete problems in the tri-state area.

You owe yourself the opportunity to talk with Ted Mechnick to access your problem via photos in some cases before you proceed. I stand ready to help.

Ted Mechnick Split-Rok Construction Co. http://www.split-rok.com

or 732-915-6391

Salt water pools and Stamped Sealed Concrete

Although many who read this especially those that install salt water pools will strongly disagree with this blog. I have been writing these types of informative articles for years now with my attempt to save both consumers and installers allot of unnecessary problems due to lack of proper installation practices or misinformation.

It seems that the water from salt water pools compromises the sealer used or if sealer is stripped and resealed the salt that has gotten into the unprotected stamped concrete once sealed over is sealed in and as water from below pushes the salt up under the sealer and you get a blushing condition similar to that of water being trapped as described in earlier posts.

  • See letter below from EZChem

Ted Mechnick

 

In regards to EZChem’s Perma-Pro Klear Koat VOC sealers and cure n seals, we have been manufacturing these great coatings for years with no problems. We sell a tremendous amount of these products both under our brand Perma-Pro and under private label in your area. After talking with you about your problem and you brought up salt water pools, I knew you had fallen victim to a problem contractors and home owners all over the country are having with salt water pools.

Since salt water pools produce chlorine, chloride damage accelerates the destruction of stone and cement. This also includes sealers placed over the stone or cement. Caustic Soda or Sodium Hydroxide is the other byproduct of this chemical manufacturing process. This caustic chemical is the main ingredient in Drano or Liquid Plumber. So, you can see the problems such as discoloration, whiting (blushing), scaling and de-bonding concrete products and sealers that surround the deck of the pool.

Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation in the marketing of salt water pools. People have no idea how corrosive and how many problems they cause. The bottom line is the sealer or your application of the sealer is not the problem. Using our sealers or any other sealer on new construction prior to the pool being filled and the chemical process being started will work in most cases, but the real problems occur when re-applying sealers or making repairs to the pool deck because of contamination of the chemicals outlined above.

Thank you,

Robert Levetan, PhD.

Lab director / Ezchem, Inc.

Salt water pools and Stamped Sealed Concrete

Although many who read this especially those that install salt water pools will strongly disagree with this blog. I have been writing these types of informative articles for years now with my attempt to save both consumers and installers allot of unnecessary problems due to lack of proper installation practices or misinformation.

It seems that the water from salt water pools compromises the sealer used or if sealer is stripped and resealed the salt that has gotten into the unprotected stamped concrete once sealed over is sealed in and as water from below pushes the salt up under the sealer and you get a blushing condition similar to that of water being trapped as described in earlier posts.

  • See letter below from EZChem

Ted Mechnick

 

In regards to EZChem’s Perma-Pro Klear Koat VOC sealers and cure n seals, we have been manufacturing these great coatings for years with no problems. We sell a tremendous amount of these products both under our brand Perma-Pro and under private label in your area. After talking with you about your problem and you brought up salt water pools, I knew you had fallen victim to a problem contractors and home owners all over the country are having with salt water pools.

Since salt water pools produce chlorine, chloride damage accelerates the destruction of stone and cement. This also includes sealers placed over the stone or cement. Caustic Soda or Sodium Hydroxide is the other byproduct of this chemical manufacturing process. This caustic chemical is the main ingredient in Drano or Liquid Plumber. So, you can see the problems such as discoloration, whiting (blushing), scaling and de-bonding concrete products and sealers that surround the deck of the pool.

Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation in the marketing of salt water pools. People have no idea how corrosive and how many problems they cause. The bottom line is the sealer or your application of the sealer is not the problem. Using our sealers or any other sealer on new construction prior to the pool being filled and the chemical process being started will work in most cases, but the real problems occur when re-applying sealers or making repairs to the pool deck because of contamination of the chemicals outlined above.

Thank you,

Robert Levetan, PhD.

Lab director / Ezchem, Inc.

Stamped Concrete Restoration

I know I’ve covered allot of this material in other blogs on this site but I need to make clear how severe mistakes can become in trying to restore a stamped concrete project that has sealer on it.

Sealers are generally resin based pure resin based or styronated acrylic. They are not compatible with one and other and therefore if you try to go over either with the other you risk what’s called and blushing condition or whitening condition.

We have had the solution to these problems for a few years now and to the best of my knowledge we are the only company here in New Jersey that is effectively restoring stamped concrete jobs green friendly and effectively..

We have tried about all the chemical strippers out there and have found the only solution to be Low pressure water and glass blasting to be the only way to insure a proper solution.

Homeowners continually try to go to home depot etc. and ask for concrete sealer to go back over their stamped concrete and once applied they have created a condition that is only solved by our process.

Sealing and resealing stamped concrete although years ago was a simple process has now been made complex by our EPA demanding the sealer suppliers to change the chemical make up of sealers so they no longer commingle together.

The state of New Jersey has even made the composition more stringent. The result being that companies like mine Split-Rok Construction have to take enormous precautions to assure a good result. Biggest precaution being having to remove sealer on jobs we did not install prior to resealing. This adds dramatically to the cost. Once stripped there is still more to do like recoloring prior to resealing.

Please save yourself the greater expense by calling before you reseal so you don’t have to become a casualty. We stand ready to assess your stamped concrete and this can sometimes be done by sending a few pictures.

I am a phone call away and want to be helpful. For more elaborate assessments or solutions we charge a fee but generally this is not the case.

I hope that I have left all who read this with the thought of how important it is to follow the simple guidelines in properly resealing your stamped concrete. The mistake you make by selecting the wrong person to reseal or haphazardly just put on any old sealer could cost more than money. I could cost you what once was a good looking stamped concrete job into another stamped concrete job that needs to be removed and replaced.

Split-Rok Construction Company http://www.split-rok.com stands ready to assist any way we can. Never hurts to ask before proceeding. Office 732-899-5641

HOW TO APPLY REMOVE AND APPLY SEALERS ON STAMPED CONCRETE

I have written about removing sealers but have not as yet written about the proper application of the New VOC Approved Sealers.

 

As anyone in this business knows already we are having serious issues with blushing of clear sealers on Stamped Concrete for many reasons. The main reasons are over-sealing and applying incompatible sealers over each other.

 

If you have been following this blog I have tried to keep all those interested in our progress in dealing with this issue. You know that we have been diligent in trying to find the answer to this problem.

 

I am happy to say that we finally have found a solution and on both fronts. Applying sealer when warranted in the past was a no brainer. You identified that a resealing was needed and either had a professional provide the service or chose to do it yourself.  In either case it meant no more than opening a can of sealer and either rolling on a new coat or spraying on a coat.

 

It didn’t seem to matter how many times you resealed provide you followed the instructions but along came the new EPA Regulations commonly known as VOC Regulations. This was the attempt to prevent Volatile Organic Compounds from polluting the atmosphere. The EPA as I understand it reached out to the Sealer Community to ask whether changing the formulation of the sealers being used at the time would create any issues. No one seemed to think that it would and therefore they initiated the change thinking that it would not be an issue. Unfortunately it is an issue based on what we in the industry are experiencing related to blushing or whitening of sealer.

 

One of the problems is that the Old Sealers and New VOC Approved sealers are not compatible and therefore when applying the new sealer over the old that re-emulsifies the old sealer and when it commingles with the new sealer whitening and or blushing occurs due to the chemical compositions being incompatible and moisture being blocked from evaporating.

 

These problems seen to have started about 2005 and has become worse particularly during resealing. It seems that new jobs using thin coats of VOC Approved sealers work fine on new work but on older work is where the problems continually occur.

 

We have been working on a solution to this and can report that our removal of the older sealer and application of a New VOC Approved Sealer has produced great results. The trick is getting off the old sealer. If you hire the right sandblasting professional who blasts using water with the proper medium that you can be successful and if done correctly will solve your sealing problem for good. It is imperative that the person be used since it must be done safely and efficiently.

 

I have been working at finding a solution for this for about 2 years now and trust me although there are many strippers on the market to do the same thing there are many downsides to using them, the main one being not properly rinsing prior to resealing that will only reduce your chances of a successful solution but waste precious time and expense doing it. I presently have a 55 gallon drum that cost me $2,000 sitting in my warehouse that I have to pay to dispose of.

 

The removal old sealers effectively can only be done quickly and efficiently by a professional. These people not only use ENVIORNMENTALLY SAFE products to remove sealers but can get it done both quickly and inexpensively. In general they can remove about 2000 square feet a day at a cost from about .65-$1.00 per square foot. Allot cheaper and faster than I have been able to do it for and be comfortable that all the sealer has been removed so that the approved sealer can be applied and reapplied in the future without any issue.

 

If you have a newer project that you are experiencing these whitening problems it might be as simple as re- emulsifying your sealer using Xylene to allow moisture to escape that might be trapped under the sealer. If the problem is caused by using to many coats of sealer then at that point you might have to remove what has been improperly applied and start with new sealer.

 

Remember that thin multiple coats works best and do not opt for trying for a shiny look since to many coats are needed to achieve this look and might destroy the breathability of the sealer and therefore lock in moisture coming from below and  create blushing.

 

PLEASE NOTE:

 

Stamped Concrete installer please try to put plastic down prior to pouring, this dramatically reduces the chance of having these problems whether a job is new or resealed since it acts as a barrier from moisture getting to the surface from below.

 

If anyone reading this blog has any questions whether you are a Homeowner or Contractor I stand ready to help and can be reached by email at Ted@split-rok.com.

 

Thanks for visiting Theconcreteprofessor

Removing Sealer from Stamped Concrete

I am happy to report that I have successfully removed the sealer from my own driveway that had a whitening condition due to incompatibility of sealers. I had explained that I had stripped I thought all the sealer off  in the past only to reseal again and have the same problem come up.

This process was not only time-consuming but messy and as I said did not work. I happy that we found this solution that in my opinion is both fast and cost-effective as a solution too this problem.

I will follow-up with pictures in the future and a complete explanation of the procedure.

If anyone out there is having the same problem please let us direct you on how to do this since it will save you a lot of aggravation and unnecessary cost.

I can always be reached at Ted@split-rok.com

My thanks goes out to Tim in Colorado for this suggestion. Amazing how well it worked